Myanmar's state-run media say the government has officially invited armed ethnic groups to join peace talks for the first time.
They say the government announced Thursday that it will form a body to deal with ethnic groups that want to hold peace negotiations. It said ethnic groups should contact their regional governments to arrange talks.
Clashes have broken out in Kachin, Karen, Shan and Mon states since March, when a military-dominated government elected in November took power.
The worst fighting erupted in Kachin state in June when the army launched an offensive against rebels who opposed dams that would flood large areas.